RELEASE PERIOD : FEBRUARY 1987


Despite the 7th Series Garbage Pail Kids (a/k/a OS7 GPK; Original Series) having only two print runs, it contains one of the most interesting changes of any set; The first print run has both of cards 260b Blasted BILLY II and 261b BOBBY Booger with their original blue GPK headers, and 289b ALEXANDER The Grate with a black, top centered, card number. However, the second print run has cards 260b and 261b with a purple GPK header, and 289b with a white, top corner, card number. The blue GPK headers have been reported to be found in both print runs, whereas the purple GPK headers were most likely an ink error during printing. By the OS7 release Topps had settled its court case with OAA promising that future GPK characters would look less like CPK. It was also ruled that any finished artwork could still be released in future sets, hence, the OS8 and OS9 sets still having CPK features.

ARTISTS : JOHN POUND, TOM BUNK & JAMES WARHOLA
WRITERS : MARK NEWGARDEN & ART SPIEGELMAN


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88 CARD SET : 84 CARDS + 4 VARIATIONS
CARD VARIATIONS : 253a, 253b, 265a, 265b
92 TOTAL CARD SET : 88 CARDS + 3 CHANGES + 1 ERROR
CHANGES : 3 HEADERS + 1 ERROR













DISPLAY BOX — 1 VARIATION : CODE 1-490-40-07-6
MAIN ARTWORK + SIDE ARTWORK : JOHN POUND
BOX DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER


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WRAPPER #1 — 2 VARIATIONS : CODE 0-490-21-11-6 : '25¢ CHEAP' STAR
NOTE: T-SHIRT or SWEATSHIRT OFFER VARIATION
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER

WRAPPER #2 — 2 VARIATIONS : CODE 0-490-21-12-6 : NO '25¢ CHEAP' STAR
NOTE: T-SHIRT or SWEATSHIRT OFFER VARIATION
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER


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DEALER AD POSTER 10 x 14 : CODE 4-490-08-04-6
ARTWORK : JOHN POUND DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER


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DEALER ORDER SHEET 8 x 11 : CODE 490-7
ARTWORK : JOHN POUND

WHOLESALER ORDER SHEET 8 x 11 : NO DEAL CODE
WRAPPER OFFER — BAZOOKA : OS3 THRU OS9
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK


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UNCUT SHEET
CODE 4-490-05-05-6

CASE BOX 24/48 ct. : PRODUCT #490-7
CODE ? : UPC 0-41116-07490-5












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1. The second Masoct since the OS1 set to have a box and wrapper that has a Garbage Pail Kid character from within its own series; the rest of the sets, OS8 through OS16, will follow this same pattern.


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2. The first set to have a Card Number placed at the top center of the card for 289b ALEXANDER The Grate for the first print run (black print, top center location) and to have the placement and color changed for the second print run (white print, top corner location).


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3. The wrapper was produced in 1986 and the cards printed in 1987, both bearing different copyright © Trademark Dates; with the card production released so early in the new year the packaging was already developed at the end of the previous year.


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4. The Completed Puzzle for OS7 is sequential with the OS6 set which contained puzzle 'F' — the puzzles continue to contain 21 pieces and the set is back to having one puzzle, similar to the OS4 and OS6 sets, for card characters 251a Barfin' BARBARA and 251b VALERIE Vomit for puzzle 'G'.


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5. The File Card reverse artwork for cards 258a MICKEY Mouths and 258b Oral LAUREL have the alias for Mugged MARCUS as Hurt CURT, another OS3 character, instead of Kayo'd CODY on the backside; tidbit by collector Luis Thompson.


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6. The only set to change a GPK logo Header color between its two print runs for cards 260b Blasted BILLY II and 261b BOBBI Booger; switched from a blue header from within the first print run to a purple header for the second print run. Caveat: the blue header can be found in both print runs while the purple header can only be located in the second print run.


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7. The first Garbage Pail Kids set that does not contain either a light pink or a light blue Nameplate.


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8. The Die-Cut for card 261a Gooey HUEY has been found printed upside-down; it is unknown which print run the card can be found in.


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9. The only OS set to have a reccuring GPK character from within its own parody franchise; OS1 cards 8a ADAM Bomb and 8b Blasted BILLY renamed ADAM Boom and Blasted BILLY II for OS7 cards 260a and 260b, respectively. The ADAM Bomb character can also be found on cards 1a JOEL Troll and 1b Fall-Out PAUL of the Trash Can Trolls parody set; see the 'Parody Pages' section.


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10. The first set to have card nomenclature printed in white type not exclusive to dark blue Nameplates; card example 252a Milky WAYNE and 252b Dairy CARI, white type on a magenta nameplate.


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11. The third set to contain cards with the GPK Acronym found within the parody artwork; the GPK acronym found on the blue baseball cap of cards 257a Cut-Up CARMEN and 257b Dotted LIONEL.




























1. The character used for the wrapper Mascot was created by artist John Pound for cards 255a On The MARK and 255b Bull's IRA within the set; pictured below is the tight pencil sketch produced prior to the color rough and final artwork (L). Artist Tom Bunk, who rendered the wax wrapper artwork for all of the OS sets, used Pound's tight pencil to create the finished product for the Art Department (R).
 


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2. The rendered mock-up Box and wrapper artwork was completed during production by artist Tom Bunk. The GPK banner and 'STICKERS' plate were changed in color, the arrow was removed from character's head and a straight GPK logo — eventually seen for the first time on the OS9 cartoon card backs due to the lawsuit outcome. This marks the last time 'ALL NEW' is used for the series announcement until the 'ALL NEW' series of ANS1 for 2003.


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3. An unused OS7 mock-up Wrapper sketch was also fleshed out by artist Tom Bunk as an additional sample for the packaging (L). The image was created by Bunk directly using Pound's tight pencil sketch (R); Tom rendered all of the GPK wax wrapper artwork for the OS sets. The character for cards 251a Barfin' BARBARA and 251b VALERIE Vomit ended up not being chosen for the packaging but was picked as the puzzle character. The yellow backdrop circle first seen on the OS6 wrapper was crossed out of the artwork but does shows up on the final wrapper.


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4. GPK case-study: the Eyebrows of the lowbrow character for cards 251a Barfin' BARBARA and 251b VALERIE Vomit. Collecter 'Mad MIKE' Boyajian noticed in 2016 that the eyebrows of artist John Pound's original concept (agove R), drawn in late 1986, did not match the card artwork. Eyebrows were raised at Topps and Pound was requested to revise the artwork; John did confirm that his b&w photocopy of the original final artwork contains the thin eyebrows. Pound's pencil art was sent to Tom Bunk to render for the wrapper artwork (above L) where both eyebrows are thin. The card artwork contains the updated thicker eyebrows, along with the OS7 'puzzle preview' card and puzzle piece. John Pound: "I think Topps sent it back for a retouch on the eyebrows, perhaps they were too tilted. The printed version [...] looks familiar, like how I would have painted the change. The final art [...] also looks vaguely familiar, although not as good to look at. I'm guessing [...] I changed the eyebrows [...] where I fattened up the forms of the brows, to look like yarn, but only colored the top edge. That looked a bit off or muddy, so I put 2 small pieces of tape (or sticky airbrush frisket film) over the brows, and painted the full-on dark brows like yarn hair which looked clearer and better. The darker version may have either fallen off, as the stickiness weakened, or someone [...] peeled it up and lost it."
The final artwork sold on eBay (early 2000) was missing part of the eyebrow (above R) — this image can be seen printed on the backside of the 2011 Flashback Series 2 cards 78a and 78b for the 'Where Are They Now?' subset (below L). The OS card image was most likely used for the 2011 Flashback Series 3 cards 31a and 31b which have the full, unplucked eyebrows back (below M). Mike superimposed the original concept with the final arwork to create what the original final arwork may have looked like — more of a surprised expression rather than a severe, Groucho Marx look (below R).


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5. The Topps Lawsuit with Original Appalachian Artworks was settled at the same time that the OS7 installment was released to the public. Although future sets could no longer resemble the Cabbage Patch Kids look, it was ruled that any partially or fully completed material could still be released at a later date, hence the OS8 and OS9 sets. The new Garbage Pail Kids look, with the non-cloth doll appearance, began during the OS10 set.


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6. Per an acetate test card sold via eBay, card 260a was originally titled 'ADAM BOMB II' during the pre-production period but switched to the name ADAM Boom prior to the printing phase. This would have matched the nomenclature of card 260b Blasted BILLY II; both the original character and version two were painted by artist John Pound.


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7. The image from the GPK Poster set #18 BUSTED!, painted by artist John Pound, is used for the OS5 through OS8 retail ad posters with an enlarged, straight GPK banner at the bottom. The original poster contains a much smaller GPK banner. The 'NEW' pink color of the OS6 retail poster has stayed the same for the OS7 retail poster; the OS5 retail poster is yellow.



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8. The poster image can also be found as card #14 BUSTED! from the Giant GPK card set with the original curved GPK header rather than the straight GPK banner at the bottom. In both the posters and card, along with various award and license card backs, there are several OS1 and OS2 characters found throughout the image. As can be discerned from L-R from the 'SCHOOL' sign to the ground: 45a Leaky Lindsay and 45b Messy TESSIE, 27a Brainy JANIE and 27b JENNY Genius, 49a Double Heather, 49b Schizo FRAN/FRAN FRAN, 30a New Wave DAVE and 30b Graffiti PETEY, 8a ADAM Bomb and 8b Blasted BILLY, 73a Gorgeous GEORGE and 73b Dollar BILL, 3a Up CHUCK and 3b Heavin' STEVEN, 83a Ugh LEE and 83b Sumo SID, 77a Ghastley ASHLEY and 77b Acne AMY, 54a Fryin' RYAN and 54b Charred CHAD, 79a Sewer SUE and 79b MICHELLE Muck, 74a MARK Bark and 74b Kennel KENNY, 57a TOMMY Gun and 57b Dead FRED, 67a Phony LISA and 67b MONA Loser, 43a Smelly KELLY and 43b DOUG Plug, 44a SY CLOPS and 44b One-Eyed JACK, 66a MATT Ratt and 66b RACHEL Rodent, 62a Greaser GREG and 62b CHRIS Hiss, 5a Dead TED and 5b JAY Decay, 65a Shrunken ED and 65b Cheeky CHARLES, 42a PATTY Putty and 42b Muggin' MEGAN, 18a Cranky FRANKIE and 18b Bad BRAD, 75a Off-The-Wall PAUL and 75b ZACH Plaque, 46a Rappin' RON and 46b RAY Gun, 4a Fryin' BRIAN and 4b Electric BILL, 39a Buggy BETTY and 39b Green JEAN, 41a Mean GENE and 41b Joltin' JOE, and 40a Unstitched MITCH and 40b Damaged DON.


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9. The following Tom Bunk Unpublished GPK concept was completed in 1986 or so as an idea sketch intended for the OS7 release. The artwork or a similar concept was later painted by artist James Warhola to become cards 291a HOMER Runt and 291b Screwball LEW. The baseball head remains intact for both pieces, however, the head is part of the character for the published piece with a fleshed out baseball field and players. The 'J' on the hat most likley stands for 'James' for the artist.


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10. Per John Pound's meticulous GPK Notes and references the tight pencil sketch concept for cards 254a CHRIS Mess and 254b SANDY Clod was created during the OS6 set and the sketch concept for cards 286a HALEY Comet and 286b JUNE Moon was created during the OS4 set. The tight pencil artwork for cards 266a ROY L. Flush and 266b Shuffled SHERMAN suggested that the nameplate be across the center of the card and the logo be a bit smaller and placed at the top and at the bottom of the image to match a real playing card; sadly, this was not realized and the 'K' and apple were removed from the concept.


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11. The OS7 reverse card artwork contain File Cards that were written by Mark Newgarden and Art Spiegelman for the Garbage Pail Kids set while the rendered artwork on the back of the cards was completed by artist Tom Bunk. The card back sample below contains the OS1 characters from cards 1a Nasty NICK and 1b Evil EDDIE.


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12. Garbage Pail Kids Flowcharts were created for the releases after the OS4 set which showed Mark Newgarden, the GPK editor how the progress of the new set was going. It displayed what artist was working on which concept piece and the stage in which the painting had been completed. Often, concept pieces were denied and the department tried to work them into later sets. A list of additional concept pieces was found at the bottom of the flowchart in case pieces could not be used. The OS7 flowchart contained the following ideas which either replaced denied concept pieces within the set, were saved for a later series, or never saw the light of day: ghost, staple gun (7th - stapler), butcher block, kangaroo (unpublished), pilgrim in stocking, iron maiden, porcupine (TCT; GPK FB), scalped (9th), cow kid branded (unpublished), Merlin, toes as GPK heads (TCT), dog catcher, tied to anchor - sharks (TCT), Mickey Mouse-type (16th), pumping self with bike pump (8th), bowling ball (8th), justice with scale, aligator wrestler (15th), tar and feathered, fondue, atlas (GPK FB), knit (8th), embryo, wooden Indian on fire, Xmas ornaments.









THE ARTIST RECOGNITION EDITION


V = VARIATION, C = CHANGE, E = ERROR


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NAME
+ CONCEPT TITLE
ARTIST
FRONT + ORDER CREATED (JP)
ARTIST
BACKSIDE
WRITER
BACKSIDE
251a
Barfin' BARBARA : COOKING BARF
JOHN Pound : 7-24
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
251b
VALERIE Vomit : COOKING BARF
JOHN Pound : 7-24
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
252a
Milky WAYNE
JAMES Warhola
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
252b
Dairy CARI
JAMES Warhola
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
253a
RUSS Pus : V
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
253a
RUSS Pus : V
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
253b
LOUISE Squeeze : V
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
253b
LOUISE Squeeze : V
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
254a
CHRIS Mess : SANTA GPK MUGGER
JOHN Pound : 6-35 (R)
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
254b
SANDY Clod : SANTA GPK MUGGER
JOHN Pound : 6-35 (R)
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
255a
On The MARK : ARCHERY TARGET GPK
JOHN Pound : 7-05 (R)
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
255b
Bull's IRA : ARCHERY TARGET GPK
JOHN Pound : 7-05 (R)
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
256a
JACK Pot : SLOT MACHINE
JOHN Pound : 7-33 (R)
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
256b
MONTE Carlo : SLOT MACHINE
JOHN Pound : 7-33 (R)
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
257a
Cut-Up CARMEN
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
257b
Dotted LIONEL
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
258a
MICKEY Mouths
JOHN Pound
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
258b
Oral LAUREL
JOHN Pound
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
259a
Grilled GIL
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
259b
Well DON
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
260a
ADAM Boom
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
260b
Blasted BILLY II : C
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
260b
Blasted BILLY II : C
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
261a
Gooey HUEY : E
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
261a
Gooey HUEY : E
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
261b
BOBBI Booger : C
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
261b
BOBBI Booger : C
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
262a
Brainless BRYAN
JAMES Warhola
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
262b
Jughead TED
JAMES Warhola
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
263a
VINCENT Van Gone
TOM Bunk
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
263b
Modern ART
TOM Bunk
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
264a
PETE Seat
JOHN Pound
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
264b
NOEL Bowl
JOHN Pound
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
265a
Curly SHIRLEY : V
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
265a
Curly SHIRLEY : V
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
265b
Blown JOAN : V
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
265b
Blown JOAN : V
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
266a
ROY L. Flush : PLAYING CARD
JOHN Pound : 7-27
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
266b
Shuffled SHERMAN : PLAYING CARD
JOHN Pound : 7-27
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
267a
Tongue Tied TINA
JOHN Pound
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
267b
Braided BRANDY
JOHN Pound
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
268a
PHIL Grim
JAMES Warhola
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
268b
WILLIAM Penned
JAMES Warhola
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
269a
Sharpened SHEENA
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
269b
Cranky KRISTIN
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
270a
Cannibal STU
TOM Bunk
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
270b
Brewin' BRUNO
TOM Bunk
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
271a
Bratty MADDY
TOM Bunk
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
271b
Dirty BIRDIE
TOM Bunk
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
272a
Elastic ELWOOD
JAMES Warhola
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
272b
FLETCHER Stretcher
JAMES Warhola
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
273a
Haunted FORREST
JAMES Warhola
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
273b
Sappy SARAH
JAMES Warhola
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
274a
Reptillian LILLIAN
JAMES Warhola
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
274b
JAY Prey
JAMES Warhola
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
275a
Wheel BARRY
JOHN Pound
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
275b
Rollin' ROLAND
JOHN Pound
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
276a
VANESSA Undresser
JOHN Pound
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
276b
Banana ANNA
JOHN Pound
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
277a
REUBEN CUBE : RUBIK'S CUBE
JOHN Pound : 7-40
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
277b
Blockhead BLAKE : RUBIK'S CUBE
JOHN Pound : 7-40
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
278a
Have A Nice DAVE
TOM Bunk
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
278b
MILES Smiles
TOM Bunk
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
279a
Short MORT
JAMES Warhola
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
279b
NOAH Body
JAMES Warhola
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
280a
Shut-Up SHERWIN : ALL CORKED-UP GPK
JOHN Pound : 7-30
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
280b
Filled Up PHILIP : ALL CORKED-UP GPK
JOHN Pound : 7-30
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
281a
Soured HOWARD
JAMES Warhola
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
281b
PAUL Bunion
JAMES Warhola
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
282a
Screwey DEWEY
TOM Bunk
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
282b
Bent BRENT
TOM Bunk
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
283a
Alien ALAN
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
283b
Martian MARCIA
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
284a
MANNY Heads
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
284b
MAX Stacks
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
285a
Wind SHEILA
TOM Bunk
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
285b
Hit N' RONNIE
TOM Bunk
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
286a
HALEY Comet : MOON / FACE
JOHN Pound : 4-23
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
286b
JUNE Moon : MOON / FACE
JOHN Pound : 4-23
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
287a
CHRISTINE Vaccine
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
287b
Medi KATE
JOHN Pound
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
288a
GRANT Ant
TOM Bunk
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
288b
Sticky NIKKI
TOM Bunk
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
289a
Stair CASEY
TOM Bunk
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
289b
ALEXANDER The Grate : C
TOM Bunk
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
289b
ALEXANDER The Grate : C
TOM Bunk
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
290a
Busted ARMAND
JAMES Warhola
NA : CHECKLIST
NA : CHECKLIST
290b
JIM Nauseum
JAMES Warhola
NA : CHECKLIST
NA : CHECKLIST
291a
HOMER Runt
JAMES Warhola
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
291b
Screwball LEW
JAMES Warhola
TOM Bunk
MARK Newgarden : ART Spiegelman
292a
Staple GUNTHER
JAMES Warhola
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
292b
Clipped CLAUDE
JAMES Warhola
JOHN Pound
NA : PUZZLE
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NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
BACK
WRITER
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